Conference presentation in Graz, Austria

Posted by on May 7, 2018 in Conference, Homepage

On the 8th of May, Paolo gave a presentation at the 17th International Conference on Critical Issues in Science and Technologies in Graz, Austria. His contribution “Co-designing sustainable energy transition at community scale: Self-sufficiency as a challenge for central and southern Italy” was part of the session S26 “Governing by tension or use: RES in transition and the role of communities of citizens and users”.

The contribution focused on the governance on energy transition in Italy in comparison with The Netherlands, to see if and how community plans are addressed and regulated. Through the support of literature in sociology we aim is to understand if the success of local plans is more concerned about the socio-technical cohesion of communities than about the national or regional regulations.

The application of the Five-Step Approach in the DEESD project in The Netherlands has been presented as a useful tool for the planning and design of a community based energy transition. In Southern Italy, regions address local plans but these are almost absent. The fact must be connected to the socio-technical cohesion background of communities and the capability of municipalities to create a dialogue among different actors and stakes. The Five-Step Approach can be a useful tool to support southern Italy municipalities in such process.

The session is chaired by Martin Ivanov, Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society (IAS-STS), Graz.

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Image: PV fields in Melilli, Province of Syracuse in Sicily (Paolo Picchi)